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Poster: AshesRising Date: Sep 21, 2007 12:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Summer Falls (yet again) ...."Passenger" lyrics

Please note: lyrics and notes are from Alex Allan's web site. I don't know if the notes are copyright material so it's best to figure that they are: @Alex Allan, 1995-2007. []

Lyrics: Peter Monk
Music: Phil Lesh

Can you see me?
Shine on, glowing
Brief and brightly

Could you imagine (note 1)
One summer day
That same night
Be on your way

Do you remember?
Hearts were too cold
Seasons had frozen us (note 2)
Into our souls

People were saying
The whole world is burning
Ashes were scattered
Too hard to turn (note 3)

Upside out
Or inside down
False alarm, the only game in town
No man's land, the only game in town (note 4)
Terrible, the only game in town

Don't you hear me?
Seen unclearly

What is a man
Deep down inside
But a raging beast
With nothing to hide


(1) it sounds to me as if this line may sung as be "Can you measure"
(2) Ted Syrett suggests this couplet should be "Seasons had frozen ice into our souls" - that would fit well and it sounds as if it's what the Dead sing in the recording on "Dead Set." But earler recordings definitely sound like "Seasons had frozen us" as in the sheet music.
(3) this is the line in the sheet music, but I'm not sure it's right. It sounds more like "Too far in to turn."
(4) Ted Syrett suggests that on Dead Set, these two lines are sung as "You and I, the only game in town/Now we're the only game in town." I'm not sure I hear that, but it's an interesting variation.
On May 17, 1977, Jerry followed with "High Time." ["You told me goodbye..."] It's at's "Taper's Section."

--- AshesRising

This post was modified by AshesRising on 2007-09-21 07:12:35

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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 21, 2007 3:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summer Falls (yet again) ....'Passenger' (mysterious WWW III hyperlink deactivated)

Great song that did not remain a mainstay of the repertoire.

One of my favorite show memories is from Seattle, July '79. Very strong, tight show, but things started a little bit dicey that night. It was just a few days before the 4th, and the prevalence of firecrackers and the like being ignited inside the venue got to be too much for at least one band member's comfort. So Phil came on stage even before the house lights were taken down to say, more or less, "We really like your town, but if people don't quit lighting off fireworks in here, we won't come back. Thank ya. Thank ya very much."

Well, people took the warning to heart and kept their jets cooled, reserving the flicking of their bics for reasons other than pyrotechnics. What those reasons might have been, I can't imagine, but the crowd honored his request/scolding.

Until the First Set closer. And I don't know how somebody pulled it off, but in almost-perfect sync with the blow-the-roof-off-this-sucka intro to Passenger, a skyrocket of sorts rose slow and steady from somewhere in the back part of the audience. It couldn't have looked more precisely timed if it had been set off by Ram Rod himself. It was a no-no, but it sure looked cool!

Then later, just a few notes into the Shakedown Street encore, some dern fool lit off what had to have been an M-80, at least. Not cool. Sounded like WWW III, The REALLY Big One, might be underway. KA-FREAKIN-BOOM! That was met with overwhelming crowd disapproval: "BOOOO!!!" But we wanted to make sure the band knew our wrath wasn't directed at them, and the boos quickly turned into hurrays and huzzahs for what they were doing.

I don't think any of that extracurricular noise is audible on this, but it's a fine night for your ears to sample:

This post was modified by BryanE on 2007-09-21 22:15:41

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 21, 2007 10:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summer Falls (yet again) ....'Passenger' lyrics

cool post Bryan - and i dont think that i am familiar with this show - love birthday shows :)

i'm gonna give this pup a listen

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Poster: spacedface Date: Sep 21, 2007 1:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summer Falls (yet again) ....'Passenger' lyrics

what is a man, except a raging beast?

I guess we'll find out in the end if the spirit is freed from the body as it were a silk garment, or (God no please) as if a silk robe being pulled through thorns.

I like the visualization of the Skeleton with Roses rather than a crown of a winner in a run for the roses.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Sep 21, 2007 10:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summer Falls (yet again) ....'Passenger' lyrics

spacedface: very cool response. Thanks a lot. From Hunter's "Book of Daniel" (I accidently spelled it as 'Blood of Daniel' at first.... a martyr):

"What shall be the end of this? How shall it pass away?
Get up, old Daniel, never mind, get up and go thy way
Further words are closed and sealed until the end of time
Many shall be called, each in his season
In wickedness of pride is lost the light to understand
How little grace is earned and how much given"

{from "Book of Daniel" lyrics; @Robert Hunter, 1968-2007]

Hunter uses the word "grace" in sixteen lyrics (at least) .."Touch of Grey" and "Wheel" are two of them. Check out the second set of the following show (no "Passenger" but I think you'll like the combination of tunes given the context of your reply);
1983-10-17 - Lake Placid, NY

"The A B C's we all must face..."

Thanks a lot,
--- AshesRising

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Poster: spacedface Date: Sep 21, 2007 3:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summer Falls (yet again) ....'Passenger' lyrics

I lost my post...Even though I'm an 80s guy, I'm more interested in '68-69 and '72-73 lately...anyway I'm speeding arrow that show. I usually go for long jam sequences nowadays; this is the only show I really get song order:

I usually get caught in a dialectic between home or trucking, but I'll try your recommendation and see if I can see truth past vapors and the masks of God.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Sep 21, 2007 9:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summer Falls (yet again) ....'Passenger' lyrics

spacedface: ..that '83 definitely doesn't have the extended jams that you're into.. hopefully you'll still find some value in it. That '85 2nd set has a good combo of Barlow and Hunter -- thank you for the heads-up.

"Back home, sit down and patch my bones
And get back truckin' on..."

--- AshesRising